Caridad’s Diary

Line 1 of the Caracas metro.
The New Metro in Caracas

November 10, 2016 | No Comments »

I walk into the first metro station in Caracas. Or the last, depending on how you’re looking at it. Trains on Line 1 are in one-piece, that is to say, you can walk from the first carriage to the last carriage without having to leave the train.

An activity in support of the CLAP food bags.
I finally got “Gonorrhea”

October 4, 2016 | 1 Comment »

It’s 7 AM in the morning and my partner Yolvik wakes me up with a shout: The bags have come! Normally, I’d be really annoyed if I was woken in this ungodly manner, but the announcement of the famous food bag….

New Times in Venezuela

August 22, 2016 | 6 comments

The last bit of soap falls from my hands into the sink hole and I say a few curses under my breath, without being in too much of a bad mood, because I’d used the last bit of my annual quota of grief the day before.

Teresa in the Simon Bolivar Half Marathon in Caracas.
Running a Marathon with Teresa

August 9, 2016 | 2 comments

Following the course of the race, and then waiting for the runners at the finish line, I met Teresa Jimenez, a Colombian-Venezuelan woman who is almost 80 years old. (21 photos)

Journalists being attacked in downtown Caracas.
Let’s Stop the Messenger

June 3, 2016 | 10 comments

When I left the home yesterday in the morning, the sky was cloudy and a joyous breeze made me think that some kind of magic would engulf the day; something special could happen.

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“Venezuela’s sinking… clap clap”

May 27, 2016 | 7 comments

It’s been quite some time since I last felt like writing. I feel like it’s the closest thing to rolling around in a pile of shit. I hope you’re not offended by my language, including the editor who I hope doesn’t censor me. But it’s a lot more honest than beating around the bush.

pescaderia en mercado de catia
Venezuela: “There’s No Flour for Buns”

April 8, 2016 | No Comments »

I step off the subway and, next to the National Assembly building, I see a truck fitted with loudspeakers and a stand where they are taking signatures against the Amnesty Law [approved by the legislature but being fought by the executive].

La comunidad Wayuma'ana,  de indígenas wayuu y criollos venezolanos, se mantiene en resguardo de la tierra y el río Socuy, (en Mara, Zulia, Venezuela) para evitar que el gobierno realice la explotación, a cielo abierto, del carbón mineral abundante en ese territorio. Ya la Mina Norte ha contaminado las aguas del río Guasare. El calentamiento provocado por esta Mina - cercana también a la comunidad Wayuma'ana - ha provocado intensas sequías en la zona con severas consecuencias para estas familias. Maikiraalasalii en wayunaiki quiere decir "los que no se venden", la gente de esta comunidad se reconoce con este nombre por su resistencia y empeño en resguardar su territorio.
With the Oil Bust, Venezuela Sells its Life

March 7, 2016 | 2 comments

In the midst of the crisis, the government is announcing it will begin extracting coal, gold, diamonds and coltan in Zulia and southern Venezuela, because oil prices are very low and because we’ve already used up the country’s reserves.(26 photos)

Medicine Shortage in Venezuela

March 1, 2016 | 7 comments

The situation of healthcare in Venezuela has worsened considerably over these past months. Social networks have become the best means of finding medications. But, most of the time, these searches are fruitless.

A call from the jungle.
Corruption is Venezuela’s “Economic War”

February 18, 2016 | 2 comments

On arriving back to Venezuela, I saw that the government finally admitted it, that it acknowledged the “economic war” it had condemned year after year is nothing other than the leadership’s corruption.